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Ford's Theatre
at E Street NW 511 Tenth Street NW Washington, DC 20004
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4.5 / 5 Rated by 39 members
Red Velvet 106 events 30 reviews

It was ABSOLUTELY fantastic!!! I enjoyed it from beginning to end. both women sang magnificently!!! It was a true pleasure to sit in the audience and be serenaded.

reviewed Oct 18 2009 report as inappropriate
Review from Elaine Rose
Red Velvet 31 events 23 reviews

A wonderful show. Thoroughly enjoyed the performance and the play. Very glad we saw it. The theatre is the perfect venue for this show. And the scenery was wonderful. We had a very nice evening.

reviewed Sep 26 2009 report as inappropriate
Review from EVE
Red Velvet 46 events 19 reviews

Abrupt ending. I kept waiting for her to really
sing something . . . not just a few bars.
I thought it was coming towards the end . . .
. . and she would "bring the house down" with

reviewed Oct 11 2009 report as inappropriate
Review from jan
51 events 30 reviews

Tonya Pinkins was outstanding in acting and singing. Her co-star, Erika Rolfsrund sang very well and they had good chemistry together.

reviewed Oct 07 2009 report as inappropriate
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Quotes & Highlights

“Black Pearl really sings…[The play] reaches into the soul of a nation and pulls at the heart and mind…poignant and often funny…involving and emotionally charged.” —Sarasota Herald-Tribune
“Moving, funny and intellectually compelling.”_ —Houston Press_


By Frank Higgins

Directed by Jennifer L. Nelson

Susannah, a song collector for the Library of Congress, travels the country seeking little-known melodies. When she encounters Pearl in a Texas prison, she discovers dozens of musical treasures rooted in the African tradition. Pearl must decide whether to give away her ancestors’ songs for a chance at her own freedom. Music unites strangers in a powerful story that illuminates America’s racial divisions and the attempts of two women to bridge them. Tony Award winner Tonya Pinkins makes her Ford’s Theatre debut in the title role with Erika Rolfsrud as Susannah. Jennifer L. Nelson returns to direct for the first time since her critically acclaimed production of Jitney.

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